Monday, March 7, 2011

Simon Leach Workshop

This past weekend, Barb, Jane, Linda and Tammy all journeyed to Peterborough, Ontario to take part in the Fusion Winter Workshop - with Simon Leach as the Presenter.

We had a great time.

Simon is the youngest grandson of Bernard Leach - and a very personable presenter.

The focus of the workshop was really about Production Potters. Simon gave us a lot of great tips on how to make things move more efficiently in the studio.

We started out with a bit of fun:

Throwing 2 bowls at the same time OR how to make twice as much pottery in the same amount of time:

From there we moved on and Simon Threw several bowl forms - and taught us some simple - and unique decorating tips:

This bowl has a simple - yet effective Paddling technique on it:

And this bowl was fluted - using a broken hacksaw blade:

Simon went on to teach us several different and useful throwing techniques. He produced quite a few very nice - yet simple and elegant pieces over the weekend.

I think I can safely speak for the rest of the group - although it was a long trip, a good time was had by all. It was a very interesting and informative weekend.

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